Tuesday, August 18, 2015

From The Mountain Blog Tour

Today on my blog I have the From The Mountain blog tour. On my stop there is a spotlight, excerpt, review, and guest post. 

Title: From the Mountain
Author: L.L. Crane
Series: Mark of Powers (Book 1)
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian Fiction
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: February 14 2015
Edition/Formats Available In: eBook & Print

What would you do if you were one of the last of your kind on earth? Sixteen year old Teak’s Mark of Power has kept her alive, but will it last?  Although she is a trained killing machine, it isn’t by choice. Slated to be one of Siv Gareth's elite soldiers, her life seems to be on course, but she has a decision to make.  Does she follow her father’s wishes and become a soldier, or chase after her own dreams of training dragons?  Persecuted, shunned, and tortured because of her skin color, Teak is mad, and somebody is going to pay for it.  Siv Gareth’s race war has just begun, and now that the Purity Law has passed, the Destroyers are out in hordes to kill her and any others with light skin.  When she shoots an arrow at Siv Gareth, a chain of events unwinds that ultimately threatens her very existence.  Accustomed to going it alone, Teak finds herself on a long journey with a group of inept teens, and she must learn to depend on them…or die.  When two boys enter the scene, one irritating and the other mesmerizing, Teak wonders if she has a shot at a normal life. But will her lack of Power and skin color ruin it? This dystopian society novel, Book 1 in the Mark of Power Series, is riveting with suspense, action, betrayal, and the brimming hope of romance. 

The man-made mountain was situated next to the ocean, waves crashing violently against it as if they knew it didn’t belong there.  At the very top of the mountain perched a mansion, formed of smooth purple rock, so rare that it glistened against the occasional sunlight.  It was built like a castle, with turrets and windows, even a moat of salty brine water bleeding in from the ocean. 
A prison was nestled at the base of the mountain, sections of it actually winding into the packed earth of its lowest parts.  Soldiers, dressed in red uniforms stood at attention before its doors, long swords swinging from their belts.  Further out from the mountain, was an area they once called Presidio, housing the privileged…in mansions as glorious as the one on top of the mountain…made of stone or rock, precious metal, the highest quality of wood. The government officials lived there, although they were few now.  The healer.  The Elite Army.  Those with Power.  And of course, the Destroyers. 


I love dystopian books but one with dragons and I am hooked! I seriously love dragons and will read anything with them. Then you through in this world that L.L. has created and you have my heart breaking for the heroine Teak. She is so strong and there is no way I would want to live in the world she does. ANd I mean you actually feel everything with how well L.L. writes. I felt as if I was in this story right along with Teak. I was completely hooked in this heart breaking action packed dystopian world and I can't wait for the next book. 4/5 Bloody Fangs 

Guest Post: 
Cupcakes and Characters
(Choose 4 of your Characters and tell us what their favorite cupcake is and why)

Teak - vanilla with vanilla frosting, because she is one of the only Light Skins left alive.  She learns to embrace her “vanillaness” throughout the book series.

Koree - chocolate with chocolate icing because he is so serious and doesn’t want to stray from what he knows and likes.

Thann - vanilla with raspberry filling and confetti frosting, because he is always having fun and needs something wild and exciting.

Echo - an entire tier of different flavored cupcakes of every flavor and an assortment of different icings because she was raised poor with five older brothers and never had the chance to get sweets or anything other than just the essentials.

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L.L. Crane lives in a remote area of Northern California with her two horses, six goats, three dogs and two cats.  When she was a child, L.L. Crane dreamed of being a writer. She used the name, “Katie Bush” as a pen name for the famous writer she hoped to become, cranking out book after book on her mom’s old blue typewriter.
 As life often has twists and turns, L.L. Crane found herself becoming anything but a writer.  She graduated with a B.A. in Education, even though she was honored to begin her college career with the aid of writing scholarships.
After becoming a teacher, raising three children primarily on her own, as well as owning and operating a business, L.L. Crane finally pursued her dreams and began writing novels.  She brings her own experiences from teaching and her love of animals to her stories.
L.L. Crane is an avid reader and writer and loves children, animals, reading, riding horses, and gnomes. 

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Thank you for stopping by my blog today. I would also like to say Thank You to L.L. for letting me review your book and for your guest post and say Thank You to RBTL for letting me participate in this blog tour. 

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